We all know when it’s time to start thinking about a bedroom change. But the process, the time and the money can sometimes be a bit daunting. However, considering that we spend a third of our lives in bed, taking the time out to make it as comfortable as you can could actually be a very rewarding process.
Sleep is an important part of our lives. As we become more work-orientated, the necessity of sleep starts to erode. Add children and social lives to the equation, and you find that sleep becomes a matter of ‘when and where’, rather than ‘it is time to go to bed'.
But this could be causing you a lot of unnecessary stress, and could also be contributing to health issues such as high blood pressure and obesity. A recent collection of research has pointed to sleep as being an key influencer of conditions such as diabetes, weight gain and even cancer. Added to this, the neurological effects that can arise because of a lack of sleep can be very detrimental to how we live in the day.
We are all familiar with that tired feeling of grogginess in the morning, but reduced levels of sleep could also be contributing to low productivity and a lack of concentration. It can also significantly alter your mood, leaving you short tempered and grumpy.
With these things in mind, it may be a good idea to look to the bedroom for solutions to how you are living in the day. Making the room a sleep-centric place can be the catalyst for a change in lifestyle, where you prioritise sleep as a necessity, rather than downgrade it as something you will do ‘as and when’.
Consumer advice magazine Which? have recently published ten top-tips for choosing the right bed and mattress for your home. In order to get things right, having a quick tick list like this can really help in making the process smoother.
The first consideration you need to make when buying a new bed is how much space you have to play with. When we picture the perfect bed, most of us would think of a great big space where you can roll around without touching the edges. However, in reality this isn’t always doable, and size considerations should be at the top of your list when making a purchase.
Dimensions for beds work like this; a small single is 75 x 190cm, a single is 90 x 190cm, a small double is 120 x 190cm, a double is 135 x 190cm, a king-size is 150 x 200cm and a super king-size is 180 x 200cm. These are only guides however and you should make doubly sure that the mattress fits the bed size.
Getting the bed right is a personal choice. The bed really reflects the aspirations you have for the room. Consider if you are looking for cheap and cheerful or grand and lavish, or whether you want the bed to be a statement or simply an item of furniture.
The mattress is similarly personal, but on a deeper level. You should consider two personal choices when it comes to getting a new mattress, and these are comfort and support. Every one of us has a different sleeping posture, and there is a veritable smorgasbord of mattresses available to suit your personal preference. If you are having a bit of a torrid time with conventional mattresses, you may want to think about trying something different, like a memory foam mattress or Miracoil mattresses.
One of the most important things to do when it comes to mattresses is to try before you buy. If this isn’t possible, at least look into the different mattress styles and how they would support your sleep. It may seem like a chore, but mattresses last for years and you will be spending a third of your life resting on it.
Posted by Michael Ewing